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  • Citroens at Carlisle 2015

    Citroëns at Carlisle 2015

    Many Citroen owners and enthusiasts traveled to the Carlisle Events Import & Kit Nationals, May 15 17, 2015 and enjoyed the weekend of  “Citroëns at Carlisle”.

    Participants began to arrive as early as Thursday night.  Those who had their cars on the show field by Friday early afternoon were eligible for selection for a Carlisle Elite Award.  We did have vehicles on the show field on Friday, see details later in article.  Our club tent was available for fellowship and a place to meet and rest.


    Friday night, we were invited to join the Renault Owners Club of North America for a French themed dinner and movie.  We had a nice dinner, and the toys which were part of the admission fee were donated to charity.  Some stayed for the movie, others turned in for the night.

    Saturday, Citroëns and their owners as well as other enthusiasts began to arrive.   They were met by the smiling faces of Rose Anderson, Camille Erb, and their husbands Paul and Carl (along with other volunteers).   Windshield cards and ballots were distributed for the People’s Choice Judging.  All Import Show participants were encouraged to vote.

    The “parts quiz” which was put together by Brad Nauss, and administered by Rose Anderson, was available  to all who cared to participate.   Those obtaining high enough of a score were rewarded with small prizes.  This was enjoyed by many of the Import Show participants who had never seen a Citroen part.

    The club tent definitely moved “upscale” thanks to Rose and Camille and others who brought many display items and helped at the tent.   Tables and chairs were provided for enthusiasts and friends to relax, and with this year’s more central location, the tent became a real meeting place for our group.   Brad Nauss Automotive provided water and snacks, along with items donated by other attendees.

    At 1 PM Paul & Rose Anderson gave a seminar about finding, buying, importing, owning, and maintaining a DS21.   Having purchased their 69 DS21 from Holland within the last 3 years, they were able to give a “fresh” perspective to Citroen ownership.  Their presentation was enjoyed by all, including a question and answer period afterwards.

    At 2 PM we celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the DS.  We joined the Renault Owners Club, who was celebrating 50 years of the R16.  A short informative discussion highlighting each vehicle was given, followed by a toast with Perrier.  An appropriate salute to both of these wonderful cars.

    At 3 PM the seminar, Recreating Citroën’s “ID19 sur ballons – 1959” ,  was presented by Dave Agar.  He discussed his recreation of the famous “floating on air” car from the Citroen ad.  Completed just a few days before he left for Carlisle, Dave showed the car at Carlisle for its first “outing”.   Somewhat new to the Citroën hobby, Dave talked about how he got interested in Citroën and the challenges and satisfactions of this project.

    At around 4:30, Paul Anderson led a small group of Citroen owners on a “Tour of the Valley”.  They made a short trip through the countryside, making a stop for some ice cream along the way, and arriving back to Carlisle in plenty of time for dinner.

    One of the highlights of the weekend was our dinner on Saturday night.   This event was hosted by Citroën owner George Lois, who also happens to be part owner of the venue.  We met at 7 PM at Fiddler’s Restaurant at Mayapple Golf Course, just outside of Carlisle.  A wonderful hot buffet was enjoyed by all…..it seems to get better every year!

    There was plenty of time for fellowship and conversations, the cars were parked on display to the public in the grassy area in front of the club house / restaurant.

    The People’s Choice awards were presented, as well as “Best of Show” honors.

    As the evening wound down, Rose and Camille drew the winners of the door prizes.  I want to express a BIG thank you to all who donated door prizes!

    Sunday morning, we met at Caffe 101 in Boiling Springs around 8 AM.  A great breakfast was enjoyed by all.  Fellowship at breakfast was followed by a short walk to the “boiling spring” locally known as “The Bubble”.

    In spite of threatening weather, a nice group of Citroens were led by Brad for a short drive to a local State Park, King’s Gap.  We drove to the top of the mountain, to enjoy the view from the Cameron-Masland Mansion.  The normally great view was limited due to the clouds, and the rain falling from the sky.   In spite of the weather, we all enjoyed the drive, and after the visit to the park, we found our way back down the mountain and back to the fair grounds.

    With the weather less than accommodating, many left early in the afternoon for home.   Those of us who stayed enjoyed a late lunch at the fairgrounds, and waited for the awards presentation.

    Just before the awards presentation, the clouds began to break, and the sun came out.   Our small group cheered loudly as two of our Citroen owners were given their awards.

    Brian Peters was chosen for the Carlisle “Elite Club” (picked by Carlisle Events officials as one of their favorite cars on the show field on Friday).   His award is a very nice crystal trophy.

    Dave Agar won the “Import Winners Circle” with his 1966 DS21.   This award is given by Carlisle Events to the “best of show” in each country represented.  So the award is for the best French car at the show.  His award is a special “Winners Circle” jacket, made especially for him.

    As I reflected on the 2015 Citroëns at Carlisle meet as I drove home from Carlisle, I was very happy with how the weekend went.   I think everyone had a great time, and it was a very relaxing weekend.

    Brad Nauss Automotive fully sponsors the event, but the weekend could never happen without all the help I get from Paul and Rose Anderson and Carl and Camille Erb.   A special thanks to Dave Agar and his wife Linda for presenting their seminar.  Another special thanks to George Lois and Fiddler’s Restaurant.  And of course, I could never do it without the help and support of my wife Anna May and the rest of my family.   I hope everyone will consider making Citroëns at Carlisle a part of their schedule for 2016.

    Dates for 2016 for Import Show & Citroëns at Carlisle:   May 13-15, 2016.  Please plan to join us.

    People’s Choice winners

    Best early D series:  Dave Agar

    Best late D series:  Paul Anderson

    Best 2CV sedan:  Erik DeWidt

    Best 2CV truckette:  Judith Reiter

    Best Dyane:  Martin Gambony

    Best CX series one:  Brian Peters

    Best CX series two:  Lou Bevier

    Best SM:  Phil Devingt

    Best Traction Avant 11CV:  Rich Pazar

    Best Traction Avant 15/6:  Carl Erb

    Best Citroen “Special Category”:  Joe Petry (H van)

    Best of Show:  Dave Agar, 1966 DS

    It should be noted that the quality of the cars on display gets better every year.   This year no less than six different vehicles received votes for “best of show” honors!  Judging was very close in almost all of the categories.

    See you at Citroëns at Carlisle 2016!!!              If you would like to get email updates for Citroëns at Carlisle 2016, please email me and I will put you on the email list.    citparts@gmail.com

    Brad Nauss




  • Flushing your hydraulic system

    If your car’s hydraulic system has not been flushed for years, it is probably overdue.

    “TOTAL” now makes a flushing solvent specifically for Citroën hydraulic systems. Hydraurincage is the trade name. Basically, you drain the system as much as possible, install the flushing fluid. Then drive the car 1500 km to 5000 km, cleaning the filter on a regular basis. Then you drain the system, and install new LHM fluid.

    I have had customers tell me of almost immediate improvements in the operation of the shifting system, the height correctors, and in the hydraulics in general.

    Full instructions for use are available with purchase.